Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.16 (10/18/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 S G$1 MS obverse 1870 S G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is the final gold dollar issue of the San Francisco Mint, and an extremely important collecting opportunity. Among issues of this date and mint, we find the following: dimes are collectible, silver dollars are rarities, gold dollars are collectible, quarter eagles are collectible, three dollar gold is unique, half eagles are scarce, eagles are rare, and double eagles are collectible. A set of five gold denomination coins (without the three-dollar piece) represent an attainable goal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1870 S G$1 MS
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Base $ 275 325 680 880 1240 1500 1600 1810 2350 2850 3250 3500 8125 13500 36500 58500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4750 - - 43000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1870 S G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------1-2116-1311623-----55
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Total------1-2116-1312623-----56
 ------2 %-4 %2 %29 %-23 %21 %11 %4 %5 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/1999 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1179, 1179/Lot# 1581 $1,582.50
9/14/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1351 $1,725.00
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 3192 $4,456.25
2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7264 $201.25
9/2/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1999 $432.00
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 8018 $1,418.23
8/8/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 4953 $1,880.00
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 116910 $4,405.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 G$1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base747774865136915891920202521242197234226712936312632384725583685591013510736113631225113190
756804103314421699195520582148224524522759299931633734509567449084103351094511659125640
0000002058214822452452275929993163373450956744908410335109451165900
0000002091217322942561284830633201422954667651961010536111541195500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2671
Owner: LJK1967
 
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